In the current climate of rising social tensions and political uncertainty around the globe, the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) reaffirms the values upon which the social work profession was founded – respect for diversity, belief in the intrinsic worth of all people and the protection of human rights for all. Indeed, these are values that are closely aligned with the values of Canadian society.
“Given the troubling rise of xenophobia, nativism and extremism around the world, as Ontarians and Canadians, we must be vigilant, speak out and take action to oppose intolerance, racism and social exclusion in all its forms” said Keith Adamson, OASW’s President. “The tragic and fatal shootings at the mosque in Quebec City in January 2017 are a chilling reminder of the far-reaching damage that can result from fomenting racial and religious intolerance”, he added.
Going forward, in order to vigorously oppose discrimination and exclusion, social workers will need to forge new alliances and strengthen partnerships. As a profession and an Association, we are strongly committed to continuing social work’s proud tradition of demanding equality for all those who are vulnerable and perceived as voiceless and without power.